Conservative bloc and Greens in exploratory talks on German coalition

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The leaders of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and the Greens met in Berlin on Tuesday to sound out the chances for forming a coalition to govern Germany for the next four years. The talks, held under conditions of an information blackout, were the last in the first round of exploratory manoeuvring between the four largest parties following the September 26 elections. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), now led by Armin Laschet, along with their Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are seeking to cobble together a three-way government with the Greens and…

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